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E3 2021: The Biggest Horror Game E3 Reveals of All Time

The scarier branch of video games is certainly a niche genre, but the best horror game reveals at E3 gives every show diversity and always manages to please thrill seekers.

The more iconic game reveals belonging to the horror genre exist within the early years of E3, and as the event has evolved, more heart-racing titles have been introduced into the lineup.

Konami – no longer attending E3 this year – was rumored to reveal some Silent Hill news, but in its absence, let’s remember a handful of iconic horror games that debuted at E3 in the past.

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Blair Witch (E3 2019)

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A more recent horror game to be debuted at E3 was the surprising video game adaptation of the cult 1999 found-footage film.

The decision to capitalize on the raw fear that film-goers felt, when watching  Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s feature, was a genius move by Bloober Team. 

The prospect of venturing into a never-ending forest filled with threats – your psyche being one – was the perfect horror game setting, and the company of your four-legged friend made the scares bearable.

Dark Souls III (E3 2015)

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Suspicions were high regarding a third addition to the Dark Souls franchise – dubbed as the series with intense levels of difficult gameplay.

Noting that a third chapter was expected, the eerie and atmospheric trailer showcased by Bandai Namco at E3 2015 was met by a rather underwhelming crowd reaction within the conference hall.

Nevertheless, fans made a lot of noise online by sharing their enthusiasm for the new title, and discussing the gothic adventure that the Ashen One was about to embark on.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (E3 2013)

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Many fans of Konami’s classic horror series agreed that the reveal of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was one of E3 2013’s biggest surprises.

Gabriel Belmont’s quest to battle the Lords of Shadow has been heralded as one of the best games of the franchise, with a powerful score to accompany gameplay.

Fans may not have known just how impactful the game’s narrative would be when it was announced, but it certainly left a lasting impression.

DOOM 3 (E3 2002)

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The third chapter of the hit first-person shooter series owned E3 2002, where id Software finally showed some gameplay footage with new and improved graphics.

The developer had set up a theater within Activision’s booth at the convention, which began spreading the rumor that DOOM 3 had arrived.

The game’s atmospheric lighting and Dragon’s Lair-like cutscenes had everybody talking, and the line for id’s theater had nearly 100 people continuously queuing up throughout the whole event.

Resident Evil 2 (E3 1997)

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The Resident Evil 2 remake was a bit of a showstopper at E3 2018, but the original game’s debut at E3’s third event in 1997 was somewhat of a landmark for horror games at the event.

Resident Evil 2 was one of the first horror games to be featured at an E3 conference, and is now considered to be one of the best in the zombie series.

Resident Evil 2 later released in 1998, but Capcom exhibited the title’s development during the E3 1997 showcase. Who would have thought it would receive a major restoration over 20 years later?

Honorable Mention – Dead Space 3 (E3 2012)

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The galactic horror shooter Dead Space has a loyal following of fans, and the reveal of Dead Space 3 at E3 2012 was just the beginning of their admiration for the series’ acclaimed title.

EA showcased a lengthy piece of gameplay footage that flaunted the third chapter’s step into drop-in/drop-out co-op play, and fans recently got their wish for a fourth installment last year.

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Jo Craig

Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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